Penn State Updates: NCAA fights back
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The NCAA says it wants a judge to throw out the federal antitrust lawsuit Pennsylvania’s governor filed against it over Penn State’s $60 million fine and other penalties resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. College sports’ governing body said in a filing Thursday it disagrees with just about every allegation in the complaint against it initiated by Gov. Tom Corbett last month. The NCAA says the penalties imposed under a July consent decree with the university aren’t related to regulation of economic activity, so antitrust law doesn’t apply. It also argues Corbett lacks standing to sue. It calls the governor’s lawsuit “an inappropriate attempt to drag the federal courts into an intra-state political dispute.” Corbett has said the NCAA overstepped its authority. His spokesman says lawyers will review the NCAA’s filing.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The Penn State trustee who fired football coach Joe Paterno over the phone is leaving the board when his term ends in June. John Surma was vice chairman of the board of trustees when he told Paterno that he was being ousted as Penn State’s head coach after 46 seasons. Surma delivered the news on Nov. 9, 2011, shortly after the board voted unanimously to fire the Hall of Fame coach in the wake of the child sex-abuse charges against former Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno died two months later at age 85. Penn State announced Surma’s intentions on Thursday. Surma is chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel. He joined the Penn State board in 2007 and was re-elected in 2010.
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